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Roman Klonek: Fat Of The Land

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Illustration: Roman Klonek’s back with a sumptuous show of amazing woodcuts

It’s almost been a full calendar year since we last checked in with Polish, German-based illustrator Roman Klonek but his new show in Hamburg gives us the perfect excuse to revisit this master of the woodcut. There’s a dreamlike quality running throughout his new series, with odd animalistic figures, strange unidentifiable objects and totemistic patterns combining to form scenes (or in the case of Fat of the Land above, entire worlds) which have unsettling echoes of the creations of our subconscious. Occasionally little snippets of what looks like Cyrillic text add to the otherworldly experience, but on the whole Roman is happy to let his magisterial image-making speak for itself.

Roman Klonek: Woodprints runs at Feinkunst Krueger in Hamburg from July 6 until July 27.

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Roman Klonek: Running up the Tsukiyama Hill

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Roman Klonek: Taganrok

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Roman Klonek: Fedjka

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Roman Klonek: Shotokan karate school

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Roman Klonek: Le tigre

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Roman Klonek: Little wolf

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Roman Klonek: On the fly

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Roman Klonek: Play save

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Roman Klonek: Cuddly bonnet